Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Distinctive Features: Second Edition

Author(s) : Michaela A. Swales, Author(s) : Heidi L. Heard

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Distinctive Features: Second Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2016
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 176
  • Category :
    Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies
  • Catalogue No : 39589
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138942745
  • ISBN 10 : 113894274X

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach used to treat individuals with complex psychological disorders, particularly chronically suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The therapy articulates a series of principles that effectively guide clinicians in responding to problematic behaviours. Treated problems include, among others, attempting suicide, bingeing, purging, using illegal drugs and behaviours that directly impede the treatment. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: Distinctive Features highlights theoretical and practical features of the treatment using extensive clinical examples to demonstrate how the theory translates into practice. This updated edition reviews recent modifications to the structure of the treatment and considers more recent research evidence for both the biosocial theory underpinning the treatment and treatment efficacy.

The book provides a clear overview of a complex treatment, through a unique application of strategies and a discussion of a comprehensive treatment programme that structures the therapeutic journey for the client. The book will be of interest to clinicians wanting to develop their knowledge about the treatment, prior to formal training; post-graduate students in mental health seeking to learn how to conceptualize complex problems; DBT trained clinicians who require a useful precis of the treatment with clinical examples, and clients about to embark upon this treatment. This book provides a clear and structured overview of a complex treatment. It is written for both practising clinicians and students wishing to learn more about DBT and how it differs from the other cognitive-behaviour therapies.

About the Author(s)

Michaela A. Swales, PhD, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board, the largest health organization in Wales, and Senior Lecturer at the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme, School of Psychology, Bangor University. She is also Director of British Isles DBT Training. Dr. Swales has trained more than a thousand professionals in DBT. Her research interests are primarily in the effective implementation of evidence-based psychological therapies in routine clinical practice; she is currently investigating the efficacy of DBT for treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Swales is a participant in the Working Group on Classification of Personality Disorders that reports to the World Health Organization's International Advisory Group for the revision of the ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioral disorders.

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Heidi L. Heard, PhD, is a Senior Trainer for Behavioral Tech, which provides advanced training in DBT, and Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle. Based in St. Louis, she is the founder and former director of British Isles DBT Training and provides consultation to DBT therapists and teams in North America and Europe. After collaborating with Marsha M. Linehan on the initial outcome trials for standard DBT and the adaptation for substance abuse and dependence, Dr. Heard has focused her research on the cost-effectiveness of DBT.

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